Nakamura Castle (Azumi)


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Nakamurajō is thought to have been the main castle of the Nakamura Clan, vassals of the Aida Clan. It was later controlled by the Shibutami and Endō clans. Nakamurajō likely acted as a fortified watch tower, perhaps used by the Nishina Clan, due to its position between Hikijō and Tōnoharajō. The Nakamura had a yakata (fortified manor hall) in Nakamura village below; see: Nakamuranotonoda Yakata.

Visit Notes

Nakamurajō is a single bailey fort site. Ruins include remnants of dorui (earthen embankments) around the bailey, and horikiri (trenches) fore and aft along the ridge. A modern forestry road runs alongside the site, but also passes over the trenches at one point. This is unfortunate but it does have the effect of presenting the site’s features from a perspective like that of a bisected anatomical model. The main bailey is overgrown, and landslides have eaten into it on its northern face, but the forestry road makes this an easy site to walk to from the shrine (大己神社) below (the shrine is a potential kyokan site (residential area at the foot of the castle mount)). I encountered pheasants which tried to play hide and seek with me from each side of the track.

  • Horikiri

Castle Profile
English Name Nakamura Castle (Azumi)
Japanese Name 安曇中村城
Founder Nakamura Clan
Year Founded Medieval Era
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Horikiri, Kuruwa
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Nearest station is Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line
Visitor Information 24/7 free; mountain
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Azumino, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 36° 23' 8.88" N, 137° 55' 2.96" E
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Added to Jcastle 2022
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